A flame that burns constantly -
(But where there might have been another powerful quote or passage on that little plaque, there are instead some exasperating words of caution - a reminder of some people's diminished common sense and how litigious our society is.)
A procession with flags marks the start of a memorial ceremony.
Those assembled recite the Pledge of Allegiance, sing the National Anthem, and talk about never forgetting the sacrifices of those who serve in the military.
And during other times in the afternoon -
People seem to be gathered to hear Washington speak. And some of his words are on the memorial wall:
"The independence and liberty you possess are the work of joint councils and joint efforts of common dangers, suffering and success" (Washington Farewell Address, Sept. 17, 1796)
Some observe the monument intently.
Others warn their toddlers away from the flames.
Or they're off to the side, on their laptops.
The day is clear, burning and bright.